Green burial is an increasingly common choice for people who are committed to living environmentally friendly lifestyles and wish to find a way to honor these convictions in death. However, myths about green burials can prevent people and their loved ones that survive them from making informed decisions during the funeral planning process. If you are considering green burial as you pre-plan your funeral or plan a funeral service for a loved one, here is the truth behind some common misconceptions.
Myth: Green burial is illegal.
Many people incorrectly believe that green burial is illegal. In reality, most local and state ordinances allow green burial, whether the burial involves using an eco-friendly vault or no vault at all. Many cemeteries don't allow green burial, and often, people mistake these rules for actual laws rather than cemetery policies. Green burial is almost certain to be legal in your area, but you must find a cemetery that can accommodate it.
Myth: Green burial contaminates ground water.
A persistent myth about green burial is that burying people without using vaults can contaminate the water supply. There have been many studies into this concern, including in England, where green burial is the norm, and all have shown that there is no impact on groundwater supplies. In fact, because green cemeteries don't use fertilizers or fuels that could cause toxic runoff, water near green cemeteries is often cleaner than water in other areas.
Myth: Green burial can interfere with funeral services.
Some people worry that green techniques, such as not embalming the deceased, can interfere with the funeral planning process and the ability to have services. However, green burial is completely compatible with any kind of funeral you wish to plan. The burial has no effect on your memorial plans.
If you have questions about green burial in San Mateo, call Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park. We offer comprehensive funeral planning services that are easily personalized for each family's unique needs. Find out more by calling (650) 349-4411.